The Top 10 Most Coveted Cars of all Time

I’ve been looking forward to owning a Carrera since I was but a wee lad sitting on my father’s shoulders at the car show. The top 10 most valuable cars of all time was a dream list to compile, and it was made even sweeter when I saw my dream car sitting high up in the listing. Take a look at the 10 priciest cars ever and get a feel for what you’re missing.

Number 10: The Maybach 57 S

Maybach 57 S

Rolling in at the paltry sum of $367,000, the Maybach 57 S is just short of unstoppable. A 6 L V12 engine built by Mercedes-AMG puts out just over 600 horsepower and almost 750 lb.ft. of torque.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 9: Maybach 62

Maybach 62

Maybach 62 does just a little better than the “S” series in a few pivotal ways. I find these improvements necessitate the slight price leap to $385,250. AirMATIC patented dual-air suspension, an interface panel that a tank commander would envy and an entertainment system worthy of a theater make the 62 stand out.

 

 

 

 

 

Number 8: Porsche Carrera GT

Porsche Carrera GT

My dream car is known for its predecessors, the LMP1-98 and 911 GT1-98 racers. Carrera improves on its grandfather and father with a bigger, 5.7 liter V10. The GT’s engine blasts out over 600 horsepower and allows for an acceleration of 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds. This car is made to be dreamed about, not owned. If you can afford the $440,000 price tag, however, feel free to prove me wrong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 7: Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Mercedes Benz SLR MCLAREN

 

The first supercar class to combine automatic gear shifting with a front/mid-engine, the McLaren is often displaced among it peers. I can’t decide if the $457,250 SLR is a GT or a supercar.

 

 

 

 

Number 6: Koenigsegg CCR

Koenigsegg CCR

 

Sweden’s Koenigsegg CCR once held the world record for fastest production car. At $545,568 and a top speed of 386.7 km/h, the CCR deserves its number 6 spot.

 

 

 

 

 

Number 5: Saleen S7 Twin Turbo

Saleen S7 Twin Turbo

The Twin Turbo line was only produced in one California city for a very limited time. Saleen broke land speed records with its $555,000 supercar. The Saleen S7 was the first American-made supercar and held a top speed of 402 km/h.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 4: Leblanc Mirabeau

Leblanc Mirabeau

 

The same engine that powers the CCR is present in the Leblanc Mirabeau. At $645,084, the Mirabeau is one of the most powerful, street-legal vehicles on the planet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 3: SSC Ultimate Aero

SSC Ultimate Aero TT

 

The Aero is the world’s fastest production car and is able to hit street records of 255 mph. $654,400 is keeping me from owning the Aero, unfortunately.

 

 

 

 

 

Number 2: Pagani Zonda Roadster F C12S 7.3

Pagani Zonda F RoadsterThe racecar-style Zonda Roadster eliminates every ounce of extra weight possible. Only about 60 Zondas grace the planet, making the $667,321, Italian-built speed demon a true rarity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 1: Bugatti Veyron 16.4

Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron

 

At an estimated $5 million production cost per vehicle, the $1.2 million price tag on the Bugatti Veyron marks it as a steal. Each Veyron tops out at 253.81 mph and pumps out 1001 horsepower.

Future blog posts from AutoSuperShield.com will continue to provide an insider look into the world’s most amazing vehicles. Stay tuned.

Storage Options for Your Sportscars

We know that your sports car is an investment. Usually this investment extends past money; there is also usually an investment of time and energy as well. The upkeep for a sports car can be more demanding for a standard car. Things like the kind of gas you use, the kind of tires you use and even where you store your car are going to be different than it would be for someone driving a Dodge Caravan.

Typically, the biggest difference between a sports car and a standard car is how often you drive. Most people who own a sports car drive limited miles or only at certain times of the year.

AC Cobra

AC Cobra

Storage Options for Your Sports Car

Open Air Storage

Open-air storage means that you’re storing your car out in the open without any kind of shelter. This is the cheapest option available for car storage — outside of parking it in your own garage — and it is not recommended for protection from the elements. Even using a car cover isn’t going to protect your car from the damage that can be caused by extreme temperatures and moisture.

Semi-Open Storage

Semi-open storage is storage that provides shelter for your sports car but the storage is open air. What this means is that you’re car is parked on grass or on a concrete slab underneath a metal overhang or tent. While this isn’t the ideal method for storing your sports car, it’s still better than open-air storage in our book.

Closed Storage

You have two options when it comes to closed storage. You have standard closed storage or temperature controlled storage. We’re sure you can guess which one we recommend. Temperature controlled closed storage is far more expensive than your other options; however, it provides you with the ultimate protection.

A temperature controlled storage facility offers more than just heat and air. This kind of facility is monitored for humidity levels so that the moisture in the air is always kept at the perfect levels.

How to Store Your Car Properly

Choosing the right storage is important, but take our word for it when we say that storing your sports car correctly is important as well. Before you store you sports car have it washed and waxed. Change the oil after the car is stored to prevent the impurities in old oil from damaging your engine. Fill the tank with gas and use a stabilizer to prolong its freshness. Lastly, put your car up on blocks and reduce the pressure in your tires.

We recommend you consider using Auto Super Shield as a vehicle wrap for your car. It will protect it from the harsher elements and eliminate the need for an environmentally controlled environment. Not only does it protect your car, but it’s also an inexpensive way to give your car a custom look without spending a fortune.

How to Be an Expert Car Collector

Collecting rare cars can be a rewarding experience for people of all ages. While collecting cars can be lots of fun, it can be difficult to determine if a certain vehicle will increase in value over time. The following guide provides simple tips on how to be a car collecting expert.

When looking to collect cars, it’s important to understand how certain vehicles will increase in value over time. In many cases, vehicles that were mass produced will not increase in value very quickly. Since scarcity is often a determining factor in value, it’s essential to collect vehicles that are uncommon or rare. While a vehicle like a Ford Mustang may be lots of fun to drive, it won’t increase in value as quickly as a rare vehicle like a Ford Trinity.

It’s also important to make sure that one is careful when restoring old vehicles. In some cases, the wrong type of restoration can reduce the value of a vehicle. When restoring an old vehicle, it’s important to make sure that one uses parts that are as close to the original as possible.

For example, imagine that you pick up an older vehicle that is in need of lots of replacement parts. If all the parts in the vehicle are replaced, it will no longer be the same vehicle. Instead, it will simply be a vehicle that is made from a variety of different parts.

However, it’s often possible to find used original replacement parts in good condition on the Internet. By using the Internet to find original replacement parts, it’s possible to restore a vehicle without compromising its integrity or history.

It’s also a good idea to network with other car collectors in your area. By networking with other like-minded individuals, it’s possible to find a wide variety of inspirational sources. In addition, networking with other car collectors can be a great way to find new vehicles, replacement parts and new friendships.

Car shows can also be a great resource for car amateur and professional car collectors. By visiting a variety of different car shows, it’s possible to find out more information about different lines of vehicles. In addition, car shows can help a car collector find out more information about the value of different vehicles. Since many car shows include an auction, this can be a great opportunity to find out more information about the value of different cars.

It’s also possible to learn more about different cars from trade show magazines. Many collector car magazines have a variety of tips and tricks that car collectors can use to maximize the value of their automobiles. In addition, these magazines often provide pricing information on a wide variety of vehicles.

Inside the Porsche Factory – Their secrets to success

2013 Porsche 991 Carrera S - new body style

Auto SuperShield installing paint protection film on a 2013 Porsche 991 Carrera S

 

Porsche is more than simply the name of a car. It is an instantly recognized brand, a worldwide testament to racing excellence, and an experience not to be missed. Porsche enjoys a reputation on a scale that few other car manufacturers share today. As proof of how well Porsche’s philosophy of “maximum output from minimum input” works, it has been reported that over 70% of all vehicles ever made by Porsche are still on the road today. I have to admit that is a pretty impressive record!

This journey to automotive engineering excellence starts within the walls of the famous Zuffenhausen factory in Stuttgart, Germany. Who among us wouldn’t love to have the opportunity to actually tour the factory where all of Porsche engines are made?

Inside the Porsche Factory, visitors are greeted at the Customer Center before beginning a tour of the Porsche factory and the world-famous production line. This is where the secrets of Porsche’s ongoing success are to be found.

Laser-sharp attention to detail and precise excellence are readily visible on the factory floor. A series of huge elevators and lifts are used to easily move vehicles components around the assembly area. The view of the magnificent sky bridge lifting vehicle bodies high above Stuttgart traffic, gives witness to the amount of energy and attention that goes into crafting each individual vehicle. It is nothing short of amazing.

Porsche has designed an innovative space-saving process for producing their more commercially available cars side-by-by with their more famous racing cousins. All Porsche 911′s are built in the Zuffenhausen factory. In fact, the very 1st Porsche ever made was assembled by hand in the Zuffenhausen factory. Porsche has every reason to be proud of their long and rich history of producing one of the best sports cars on the road today. The secret to their lasting success is attention to detail, and settling for nothing less than automotive perfection. Just ask any Porsche owner and they will agree.

Sports car owners understand that their vehicles are not just another car they drive; they are an investment. Owners all over the world want to keep their investments looking and performing their best for many years to come. That is why smart owners turn to Auto Supershield for quality, lasting protection for their vehicles. Auto Supershield offers a premium line of luxury vehicle wraps, paint protection film, and window tinting services designed to keep your car looking a great as it did the day it rolled off of the production line. Their paint protection film is guaranteed for the life of your vehicle. Thousands of satisfied customers can’t be wrong. Trust Auto Supershield for the quality, professional protection your vehicle deserves.

How Should You Transport Your Sports Car?

Ferrari Enzo SuperCharged

Ferrari Enzo SuperCharged

 

Driving long distances to pick up or deliver a vehicle is not always convenient. Depending upon the price, you might be better off buying a vehicle in another location and having it shipped to you. Alternatively, you might already own the car, but you need to move it across the country. So, how should you transport your sports car?

Transporting your car is not like shipping a box of tool parts. Vehicles must be carefully placed onto or into a larger car carrier or semi trailer, entrusted to the driver of the vehicle, and transported gingerly across the country. Shipping a vehicle across the United States can cost upwards of $1,000. As such, it’s not a job that should be entrusted to just anyone!

To help protect your paint against rock chips and road damage, consider equipping your car with a transparent paint protection film. Auto SuperShield offers a clear thermoplastic urethane film that protects the car from damage and UV rays.

Before the Shipment

Research transportation companies beforehand. Are they insured for damage? Are they reputable? What do previous customers say? Have there been any complaints?

How they ship is also important. I’d rather not ship a car on an open vehicle. The potential for rock chips, sand blasted paint, and other problems is higher than with a closed container. If you want to use an open carrier, use a car cover.

When the car is about to be shipped, the party at the point of shipping should take several actions:

1.Photograph The Vehicle: Including the underside, rocker panels, and exhaust. Any area that can be damaged should be extensively photographed with a high resolution camera.

2.Photograph The Odometer: Trust, but verify. Nobody wants their shiny new sports car to be delivered with a few hundred extra miles on it and cigarette burns in the ashtray.

3.Photograph The Truck: Having a record of the vehicle onto which your car is being placed may be helpful in the event of a dispute.

4.Photograph The Driver: Ensure that the person who is taking possession of your vehicle is recorded in the event of a dispute.

After the Shipment

The party receiving the vehicle should perform the same actions specified above. When the vehicle is being unloaded from the truck, photograph everything. Examine the odometer. Check for unusual tire wear or rubber behind the wheel well. If the shipping party and the receiving party thoroughly document the point of shipping and point of receipt, and if there is a concern regarding damage, then the responsibility for that damage will fall with the shipping company.

 

Washing Your Sports Car – The Right Way

Ferrari California - After Photo - White Matte Color Change Wrap

Ferrari California - After Photo - White Matte Color Change Wrap

Nearly everyone in the world has a different method for washing a car, but we know the secret method that can make your sports car look brand new again. Thousands of people search the web for information on how to wash their car because they want their vehicles to look the absolute best. The process is easy, especially if you start the right way.

When you find yourself washing your sports car by applying soap and water, you’re doing something wrong. Start by aiming a water hose directly at the vehicle and giving the car a gentle rinse. This rinse removes any dust or debris that might damage your paint job. If you immediately start rubbing down the car with a cloth or sponge, you can actually push the debris into the vehicle, which can remove paint.

I found that a pre-inspection is a great way to wash your car. I always give the car a careful once-over, looking for any debris stuck to the exterior, including dried bugs. Holding a small plastic razor, I rub a soaked cloth across the surface and gently scrub away the debris. If the debris still sticks to the car, I spray down the surface with a high-powered hose, which can remove almost anything.

Washing your sports car also involves the right cleaning products. You should never use dish soap, shampoo or any other type of home or personal cleaning product because these can damage the vehicle. I typically use specialty products designed specifically for auto bodies. Apply a small amount of the cleaner to a damp cloth or soft sponge, and gently rub the cloth against the damp car body. Make sure that you rinse the soap off before it gets a chance to dry to reduce the risk of giving your sports car a dull finish.

If you need information on how to wash your car, you should also consider the tires, rims and even the interior. Tire cleaning products will remove anything from your vehicles, including stuck on mud and tree leaves. Give the tires a good spray from a high-powered hose before applying any cleaner, which makes the job a little easier. You can easily finish the job by buffing the rims with a little chrome polish, which brings back the natural shine.

When it comes to the interior of your sports car, clean the dashboard with a specialty leather cleaner. This restores any cracked or damaged areas in the leather. Cleaning the floorboards and seats is easy when you use a vacuum cleaner. The cleaner gets rid of even the largest messes and removes tiny pieces of trash that you might not even see.

In my experience, luxury vehicle wraps like those from Auto Super Shield reduce the amount of time I spend cleaning. The wrap protects the car’s exterior, giving me the glossy look that I want without wasting time on cleaning.

 

What’s the story on the Ferrari from Ferris Buehler’s Day Off?

Ferris Buehler’s Day Off was the definitive fantasy film for 80′s teenagers, encompassing everything a hip young man might want out of twenty four hours of freedom. In addition to eating exotic food, visiting downtown Chicago and blowing huge quantities of someone else’s cash, Ferris had the joy of driving an open-top Ferrari through the streets, complements of his best friend’s father. But what’s the Ferris Buehler’s day off Ferrari info? What kind of car was it, and why was it chosen over other models?

Ferrari GT California Replica from "Ferris Buehler's Day" Off movie

Ferrari GT California Replica from "Ferris Buehler's Day" Off movie

Ferris himself states that the vehicle is a “Ferrari GT California,” which would make it exceptionally rare – only fifty Ferrari GT California’s were ever produced, and all of them were special one-off cars produced for Hollywood stars – hence the name. The most rare and collectible of all Ferrari cars, the most recent one to sell at auction summoned over $10 million, even though it needed some cosmetic and engineering repairs. Therefore, Ferris isn’t just “borrowing” a Ferrari, he is borrowing what is the rarest and most valuable Ferrari ever built – which explains why his friend Cameron is so worried about it receiving even the slightest scratch.

Of course, a real Ferrari GT would be much too expensive and rare to use in the film, especially in the final scene where the Ferrari is destroyed as the boys attempt to turn back the odometer and conceal their joy riding. Instead, three separate copy cars were used in the film, with only the close interior and static shots being done with a real Ferrari GT California. These “replicars” were built using inexpensive and widely available spare parts, and were universally hated by the crews and the actors. Hastily built and poorly assembled, they constantly broke down, and many of the intended high-speed shots and maneuvers had to be cut out of the movie due to the lack of performance of these mock cars. Only one of the three mock Ferraris ever managed to make it to full functionality, and it was used in all the scenes and shooting, including the destructive fall at the end. The other two kits were sold off or discarded before the film was even finished.

But what about the one vehicle that did (sort of) work, and was dumped out the window at the end? Amazingly, the vehicle survived its fall with minimal damage, and was repaired shortly after filming ended. It was then sold as a movie memorabilia item to a California couple, who wrecked it and had it repaired in the mid 90s. It was last seen in an auction in 2000, where it was bought by an anonymous buyer. The vehicle has since disappeared, but it is believed to remain in the hands of this private collector, and will some day return to the auction block and the public eye.

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